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My life with Linux: A retrospective

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Linux is 30 years old. What started as a student project by a young man studying computer science at the University of Helsinki, has become an operating system that enterprise businesses around the globe depend on. It's massive. It's crucial. And without Linux, most businesses wouldn't be nearly as agile, flexible, and reliable.

Huzzah! But that's not what I want to talk about right now. I want to make this a bit more personal. Why? Because Linux changed my life. Sounds like hyperbole. It's not.

Let me explain.

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More 'Linux' revisionism today

  • Happy 30th Birthday, Linux! [Ed: Happy 38th Birthday for GNU/Linux]

    Enrolled in the University of Helsinki, a young Linus Torvalds had gotten his hands on a 386 computer -- state of the art in its day. It was Intel's first 32 bit processor, and he wanted to be able to unlock its potential. There was a Unix operating system available for free, but only for educational purposes. It was called Minix. Its creator would not allow its source code to be altered, and largely ignored user requests for features. Minix featured, among other things, a modular kernel, in the belief that it would be easier to maintain. Unfortunately, it was only a 16 bit design, and its creator was reluctant to make a 32 bit version. All other Unix systems available for the new 32 bit platform were prohibitively expensive for regular, individual users.

    Thus, Linus Torvalds set out to make his own free kernel. At first, he built Linux on a computer running Minix, but ensured that Linux was free of proprietary Minix code. The rest of the story has been told and retold over the years, and is easily found on the internet.

  • Linux celebrates 30 years of open source goodness [Ed: Wait a second. 1. Open Source started 23 years ago. 2. GNU+Linux started 38 years ago. Linux Foundation pays this site (same company as ZDNet) to lie about history.]

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